How to Get Public Water on Rural Land in Alabama (w/ Cost Break-Down)

September 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

We now have working public water at the Ant Farm, which is good because it was keeping us from several activities on the property including burning brush and camping.

Getting this utility up and running has proven to be pretty straightforward.

Step 1: Perc Test

First we had to get a perc test.

Step 2: Septic Tank Permit

St. Clair County, Alabama, requires a septic tank permit prior to installation of water or sewer systems. Information on this service can be found at the Alabama Department of Health – St. Clair County website. The application process involves submitting an application with the documentation from your perc test, along with a license fee (tax).

Step 3: Water Meter

The Ant Farm happens to fall in the jurisdiction of the Odenville Utilities Board for public water. To set up water service you need to first apply for a street address. Next, you simply provide the septic tank permit along with the application, a check for the “tap fee”, a copy of the warranty deed and a driver’s license. In exchange, they will give you a small blue flag that you plant where you would like for your meter to be installed. Within 7-10 days the crew from the water board will install your meter.

Step 4: Water Lines

Water lines can actually be run at any time during this whole process, but you’ll want them installed and functional before you have your septic tank installed. We had the excavators dig the trench and lay our water lines, and we installed a conduit for future electrical use while the trench was open. On the recommendation of our plumber, we used 3/4″ PVC for our main water line. Ultimately, you’ll want one end of the water line close to your anticipated meter location near the road, and the other end should be located near your home site. Once everything was in place, I connected the water line to the meter and installed a spigot in about ten minutes.

Costs Associated w/ Water Service
Expense TypeDetailsCost
Perc TestTest holes & required documentation$400
Septic Tank PermitTax$200
Water MeterTap Fee$700
Water PipeInstall pipe from meter to home site$1,100
TOTAL$2,400

 

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